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Jayson Musson, American, born 1977

Made in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Mercerized cotton stretched over cotton

6 feet × 7 feet 6 inches × 1 5/8 inches (182.9 × 228.6 × 4.1 cm)

© Jayson Musson

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur Dantchik, 2014

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Jayson Musson created the colorful, rippling patterns of this work by stitching together pieces of Coogi-brand sweaters. Billed as wearable art, these sweaters were made famous in the 1980s and 1990s by popular black TV and musical icons, such as rapper Notorious B.I.G. The work’s title comes from song lyrics by hip-hop duo Outkast, entwining the references to black popular culture with a critique of the large-scale, gestural painting style of Abstract Expressionism of the mid-1900s.

By drawing on domestic traditions like sewing, Musson diffuses the boldness and bravado associated with hip-hop and American abstract painting, offering a softer tapestry of colliding textures, patterns, and colors.